Readers Ask Chefs



Irene Soden, a reader from Pleasantville, had this question for Michael Carrozza, the chef of Julianna’s in Cortlandt Manor, who is currently writing the Chef’s Dish column.

Take it away Irene:

I have a hard time finding talapia that is not from China, where I understand the waters in China are very polluted.  Where does your talapia come from?  Yes, it is a very delicious fish!!!

And here’s chef Carrozza’s answer:

Irene,  most of the tilapia imported into the u.s. is from latin america and south east asia. our tilapia comes from latin america, but you are right about china , i myself have been staying away from products there. i hope this helps tilapia is a great fish , but if you can only find the chinese then sub snapper, tuna works well, or salmon which is a little more common and easy to find.   enjoy i hope i have helped


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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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